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112 Precinct to host first online meeting

Broadcast will include video chatting

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Posted: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 11:12 am, Thu Dec 5, 2013.

On Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m., the precinct will play the role of pilot for what it says is the first-ever online community council meeting in the history of the NYPD.

The internet gathering was announced at the Nov. 20 Community Council meeting at the 112th Precinct.

The online meeting will take place in addition to the usual, in-person monthly meeting. Instead of at the precinct itself, that session that will be held across the street at Russell Sage Junior High School at 68-17 Austin St. in Forest Hills on Dec. 20.

Anyone with a webcam can enter the stream to video chat with 112th Precinct Capt. Thomas Conforti and Community Council President Heidi Chan at the meeting.

Users who do not have such technology can email their questions to the community council to have them answered during the stream.

“If you have a camera attached to your computer, you can actually join the meeting and we can talk like the Jetsons,” Conforti, the commanding officer, said. “In essence, it’s going to mimic what goes on here. All you have to do is gain access to a computer and you’re in the meeting.”

Conforti also said that smartphone users can take part in the meeting in a limited capacity. They will be able watch the stream, but not be able to video chat.

The live stream will be hosted by Spreecast, a social video broadcasting website which describes its mission as helping “connect people through conversation.”

Currently on the precinct’s page on the Spreecast website, there is a continually updating countdown clock reminding visitors of the time remaining until the meeting.

Chain informed residents at the Nov. 20 meeting that the web stream will be archived online as well.

“Wish us luck, folks,” Chain joked. “It’s going to be there in living color.”

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